Solar thermodynamic system helps reduce carbon emissions for NZ industry

Reducing carbon emissions is essential to avert the worst of climate change, and New Zealand’s climate credentials are critical to our export and economy.

The Alternative Energy Company (TAEC) are proud to be part of our country’s drive to reduce carbon emissions and Fonterra’s decarbonization journey. Through our current contract with Fonterra’s Palmerston North Plant, our solar thermodynamic hot water system will reduce their dependence on natural gas boilers.

Fonterra have committed to reduce their emissions by 30% by 2030 and are recipients of the Government Investment in Decarbonising Industry Fund. (GIDI). EECA administer GIDI Fund which supports businesses to install innovative and energy efficient solutions. To learn more visit

The system consists of 3 x 40 panel Solar Block units making a total of 120 solar thermodynamic panels. Installation began in September 2023 and was completed and commissioned by 19th October.  Watch this space for more updates on this exciting project.


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